Learning Lesson: Updrafts in Action

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Link to Resource: https://www.weather.gov/jetstream/ll_updrafts
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); National Weather Service (NWS)
Summary:Rain and hail will be suspended by the updraft inside a thunderstorm until the weight of the hail and water can no longer by supported. Usually, the stronger the updraft in a thunderstorm, the more intense the storm and the larger size of hail that can be produced. Suspending a ping pong ball in th estream of air supplied by a hair dryer will demonstrate how hail is supported in thunderstorms.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.D
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; activities; air; atmosphere; atmospheric science; high school; middle school; noaa; nws; severe weather; water; weather; weather hazards
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